2006 Pan Mass Challenge

This year’s PMC reached a new level with Friday night’s star-studded opening ceremonies, a revised fundraising goal, and perfect weather.

Having Greg LeMond join the ride was fun for us cycling fans. No entourage or fanfare, definitely a man of the people. He was very accessible and rode an easy pace in the pack. I spoke to many who rode alongside the cycling legend while he mingled with everyone and pedaled along. Greg was also very visible at the rest stops, lunch stop, the cookout at Mass Maritime Academy and on the dance floor of the party ferry back to Boston.

Billy Starr revised the fundraising goal based on early results. He expects us to reach 25 million dollars for the Jimmy Fund, which would be great.

As for the ride itself, the weather was ideal. Sunny clear, not too hot. We had a lot of fun seeing old friends from PMCs past and meeting new ones along the way. The stories, presentations, and people of the event somehow manage to tear at your heartstrings yet leave you inspired and uplifted. It is truly a unique event. I’m already looking forward to next year’s ride!

2006 PMC Stats Report:

Current fundraising: $16m = +37%
Current heavy hitters: 602
Registered Riders: 4,661
Off the line: 4,273
Reg. Volunters: 2,571
2-day riders: 3,342
1-day riders: 931
Male/Female: 60/40
Average Age: 43
Avg. Yrs in event: 4.7
Sturbridge start: 2,550
Wellesley start: 1,702
States participating: 36
Foreign countries 7

Boston Globe OpEd peice by Billy Starr

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